Wong, Lurie ahead in Mercer Island primary races

  • Monday, August 7, 2017 3:12pm
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Preliminary results for the August primary election, featuring races for a Mercer Island City Council seat and School Board director position, are in. The top two vote getters in each race will move on to the Nov. 7 general election.

Results posted at about 8 p.m. on election night, Aug. 1, showed that about 24 percent of Islanders had voted. Updated numbers, as of Aug. 7, had turnout closer to 38 percent.

Incumbent Benson Wong is leading the race for Position No. 6 on the City Council with 60.56 percent of the vote, followed by Mark Coen with 22.3 percent and Elaine Kavalok with 16.86 percent.

Deborah Schneider Lurie leads the race for the School Board Position No. 4, receiving 50.36 percent of the vote, followed by Diana Lein with 34.25 percent and Linhui Hao with 15.11 percent.

King County Proposition No. 1 (or Access for All, a sales tax for a cultural access program), was rejected, with 51.69 percent of voters voting no.

For King County Executive, Dow Constantine received 76.65 percent of the vote, and will face Bill Hirt (who earned 12.81 percent) in the general election. The top two vote getters for Seattle mayor were Jenny Durkan (28.7 percent) and Cary Moon (17.38 percent).

A total of 4,366 ballots were counted on election night, out of 17,935 registered voters in Mercer Island. As of Aug. 7, 6,755 ballots had been counted.

For more results, see www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections. Results will be certified on Aug. 15.

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